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What to Pack For Mexico

What to Pack For a Trip to Mexico

I'm off to the Yucatán Peninsula for a week of cenote snorkeling, hacienda exploring, and ruin climbing. It's going to be one part jungle exploration, one part seaside lazing. Wherever I go, I try to pack as lightly as possible. That means bringing multitasking products and focusing on function over glamour. (It's the rainforest, not the red carpet.) For this trip, I'm focusing on protecting my skin with a big floppy hat, oversize sunglasses, photostable sunblock, SPF lip balm, and effective natural bug repellent. Triclosan-free hand sanitizer will come in handy when I'm away from water, and just-add-water facial cloths make skin care easy. Finally, three cosmetics: tinted moisturizer, a lip and cheek stain, and an illuminator pen. What else would you recommend?


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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Thanks for all of the comments! Got back last night and have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Yucatán. Prim&Proper and Anon 2, I wound up throwing a mascara in my bag at the last minute, but should have gone with a waterproof version. At one point, I looked like Alice Cooper. Not so cute. You two had the right idea. Lexistar, if you go to the beach, you can get real beach waves -- albeit with a lot more texture and less shine. (Still washing out sand.) Ginger, you're right, parts of Mexico aren't safe right now. We felt 100% safe the entire time, though. Everyone was very friendly, both along the coast and in the interior. Bluesarahlou, how was Playa? We stayed in Sian Ka'an and popped into Puerto Morelos for a few hours, but didn't go to Playa del Carmen. C. Baker: I filled six memory cards!
Jamie-Roy Jamie-Roy 5 years
Have fun! This looks like the perfect packing job!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Can't wait to hear about Annie's trip! A little sunshine is much needed :-)
ItsGlisten17 ItsGlisten17 5 years
When I went to the Caribbean, I also brought along waterproof mascara. I've got to have my flirty lashes!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
Annie I just spent 10 days in Playa del Carmen, it was amazing, have a great time! :) If you're looking for a really great tour company, we used YukaTreks. I highly recommend them. If you're going into the cenotes, you're going to need environmentally friendly sunscreen (some places will check what you're using before they let you go in the water), so you might wanna swap that Neutrogena with something different.
Ginger25 Ginger25 5 years
does no one else thing a trip to mexico might be dangerous right now?? perhaps protective of some sort should be added to the list.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 5 years
Bring a raincoat, it rains during spring time.
lexistar2323 lexistar2323 5 years
Such a great list! I have frizzy hair and there is no way that I'm taking all of my "tools" with me on a getaway...so the only product missing for me is Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves.
theglossarie theglossarie 5 years
this is a great little packing list! i especially love the lip stain + sun protecting balm combo
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